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Michael Davis
Content Director

Coronavirus has definitely shaken the world as we know it, and there isn’t one person who hasn’t been affected by the virus. While everyone is trying to stay safe, we are still challenged by the fact that our personal injury cases have been held up due to the virus. During these uniquely difficult times, it is vital that you have an attorney on your side to ensure your case progresses in the right direction. 

Receiving Medical Attention During this Pandemic 

Currently, it’s difficult to gain access to our usual medical facilities. This is because they are overwhelmed with the number of people requiring medical attention. This results in non-urgent cases being sent home or been given an appointment, sometimes several months down the road. 

This can cause complications when your injury has resulted in you needing physical therapy and checkups. Recovering damages almost always requires you to see a doctor to determine the nature of your injuries.

If a doctor’s examination is required and you are unable to be seen, it can be hard to determine the valuation of your case. If you do require medical attention, don’t let the current situation discourage you. Your recovery may depend on it. 

How will the coronavirus affect my settlement?

While you may have to wait for medical treatment, it can affect much more than just the settlement. The coronavirus has impacted every type of business, individual, and most importantly, the insurance companies. The financial burden is far higher than in normal times, which means that they are restricting how much they will payout. Knowing this information may push you to accept the first quote. Due to the fact that everyone is feeling the financial strain, any bit of money sounds extremely tempting. Insurance companies understand that money is tight for everyone and they hope that you will accept their first offer, even though it might not be in your best interest. Your best option is to involve an injury attorney as the next quote is usually higher. Consult with Gwinnett County Personal injury attorney Philip A. Pendergrass, Jr. to find out how you can secure the best settlement. 

Delays on Court Dates

There is a high chance that your court date will be rescheduled for a later date. Due to COVID-19, the courts have made changes to the way they are operating. They are hearing cases in what they consider to be a top priority. If the court feels your case is not of high importance, they will send you a new court date and it may be delayed for several months.

Why a Good Attorney Can Make All the Difference

If you are seeking compensation from your personal injury, an expert attorney knows your rights and can help you negotiate a settlement. Even though litigation may not be possible right now, a skilled attorney can collect evidence, gather accident reports, and depose witnesses during the COVID-19 crisis.

Always keep in mind that insurance companies are trying harder than ever to close cases with minimal payment. An experienced lawyer can represent you, handle your case, and provide you with the best possible outcome. 

 

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